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Samson

Samson

Samson is our barge, and has been for quite some time. The barge is crucial to the running of Hamilton Island. Almost everything for the island comes in by barge – food and wine for restaurants, linen for Hamilton Island hotels, grocery orders from Coles and Woolies (a very handy option if you are staying [...]

Beautiful Plumage

Beautiful Plumage

Now, when our recent visitors said that they had seen a peacock outside their Hamilton Island Holiday Home, I confess I looked at them sideways. “Maybe it’s a Pheasant Coucal” I said, with a kindly tilt of my head, displaying my superior knowledge of Australian birds (!). But they were insistent. So the next time [...]

Best Job in the World

Best Job in the World

You can’t have too much of a good idea. I see that the massively successful Best Job in the World promotion has been adopted by the ski fields in Victoria. A few years back Hamilton Island was at the centre of a marketing whirlwind as a six-month position as ‘island caretaker’ was advertised around the [...]

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day

My first ANZAC Day on Hamilton Island was lovely – a beautiful service and a beautiful sunrise in a beautiful location. The Dawn Service was attended by several hundred people, staff, residents and guests, at the Outrigger Function Centre overlooking Catseye Bay. As dawn started to break over the Whitsundays, the Catafalque Party from RAAF Base [...]

qualia Fine Dining

qualia Fine Dining

Everything at qualia is divine, and Alastair Waddell’s food is no exception. In fact, after lazing by the beautiful pool (at Pebble Beach or in your room), lazing in the spa and lazing with a glass of champagne at sunset, dinner at the restaurant in the Long Pavilion is a fabulous way to end your day. [...]

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad

We had a road-trip last weekend to the opposite end of the Whitsundays, past Mackay in fact to Sarina. The occasion was the first tournament for the 2012 Hamilton Island Tennis Squad. Most of the squad, aged 6-14 years, are students of Hamilton Island State School. The others do a daily commute to schools on [...]

Rivers Running on Hamilton Island

Rivers Running on Hamilton Island

The rivers are running on Hamilton Island today. “What rivers?” I hear you ask – a good question! Hamilton Island got a taste of the rains that have plagued Queensland last night, with 100mm falling between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. There was no major damage, and the Gardens crew was out at 6am clearing [...]

Hamilton Island Triathlon’s Biggest Supporters

Hamilton Island Triathlon’s Biggest Supporters

These great pictures were taken at the Hamilton Island Triathlon in November 2011. More than 400 athletes participated in the Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon and Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim last year. As they do each year the Island community turned out to support, including Hamilton Island State School. These pictures show students cheering on competitors [...]

Training for the Hilly Half Marathon

Training for the Hilly Half Marathon

  I should throw out a disclaimer here and now – I’m not training for the Hilly Half Marathon (water is more my thing!), but I see from the sign-up sheet at the Sports Club that there are plenty of Island residents who are. The ‘starter’ group are being broken-in for the May event as [...]

Shiatsu at Ropana

Shiatsu at Ropana

Hamilton Island is fortunate to have a great team of medical professionals looking after locals and visitors to the Island. One of them is Samantha Sharp, who runs

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